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What: Urban Icons Where: Beijing, China Visited: 2012 The three buildings - Performing Arts Center by Paul Andreu, National Olympic Stadium by H… Read More
What: Urban Icons Where: Beijing, China Visited: 2012 The three buildings - Performing Arts Center by Paul Andreu, National Olympic Stadium by HdM, Ai Weiwei, Arup, and CCTV Headquarters by OMA - seemed fascinating for their uncanny ability to confuse one’s perception of scale. Their true size is disguised by either the smooth monolithic paneling (Performing Arts Center), elaborate structural lattice (National Olympic Stadium), or hyper-scaling of structure to the point of super-graphic (CCTV). Especially from a distance, the buildings appear scaleless. Read Less
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City of Scaleless Icons
Scale variations are perhaps nowhere as extreme as they are in Beijing, a city where monumental urban axes and building icons are interlaced with hutongs and micro-courtyards. However, the three buildings presented here are particularly striking - despite their monumental size, the buildings appear scaleless. The smooth monolithic paneling in the Performing Arts Center by Paul Andreu, the elaborate structural lattice in the National Olympic Stadium by HdM, Ai Weiwei, Arup, and the hyper-scaling of structure to the point of super-graphic in CCTV Headquarters by OMA contribute to the buildings' uncanny ability to confuse the viewer's perception of scale. 
Hypothetical Urban Scenarios... City of Scaleless Icons
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All images taken and post-processed by Miroslava Brooks.